Trails and Terrain

Hiking & skinning Vail Mountain: a message from USFS and Ski Patrol

Nov. 18, 2015

Information for hiking and skinning up Vail MountainWith all this early season snow and opening day approaching Nov. 20, more and more people are strapping on their skins and snowshoes and heading up the mountain. Your cooperation with Vail Ski Patrol and U.S. Forest Service’s guidelines for safely skinning and hiking up Vail Mountain are what make the opportunity possible.

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A Short History of Grooming Snow

Oct. 1, 2015

032015_Vail_RivaRidge_RicMorenoContro (1)Riva Ridge is groomed at least once a week

Vail’s grooming operations are unrivaled. With more cats in our fleet than any resort in the nation, the most groomable acres on the planet, and the sheer number and uniqueness of trails groomed, we take grooming very seriously – always have.

Vail has been at the forefront of modern day snow grooming right from the start. Even though forms of “grooming” snow have been practiced in Europe for hundreds of years – mainly by having horses haul heavy farming rollers – it wasn’t until the 1950’s, right here in Colorado, that snow grooming began as we know it today.

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Vail Fall Trail Update

Oct. 1, 2015

Vail hikes
Summer gondola operations are now closed for the season.

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VIDEO: Avanti Express Lift (#2) being replaced with a Six Passenger Lift

Sep. 22, 2015

Vail is in the midst of replacing the four-passenger Avanti Express Lift (#2) with a six-passenger lift. Watch the video above for some highlights of construction work this summer and read on to learn what this change means for the mountain as well as see some photos of construction.

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Favorite Trails – Whatever The Weather

Sep. 17, 2015


What’s your favorite trail on Vail Mountain? For us, it can depend on the day.

With over 5,200 acres stretched across 7 miles, conditions on your favorite trail can vary depending on what the weather is doing. We asked three Vail aficionados for their advice on how to make the most of the mountain – whatever the weather!

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Vail’s Top 10 Iconic Trails

Aug. 17, 2015

Looking to explore Vail Mountain this winter? Here’s our list trails – some historic, some just crowd favorites – that top long time Vail skier and rider must-do lists season after season.

Vail's Front Side runs

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Hiking in and around Vail

May. 20, 2015

2015 Summer Hiking Hero

Whether you’re looking for a gentle nature walk or a half-day’s quad burner, it’s hard to beat the diversity, beauty, and quality of hikes in and around Vail. 

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